What musical would you like to see on the big screen?
With Hairspray hitting theaters this summer, Sweeney Todd already in production, and Mamma Mia! about to roll, what Broadway musical, past or present, would you like to see get the Hollywood treatment? — Greg
On stage, Jersey Boys is the greatest jukebox musical — ever. Yet it didn’t strike me, at first, as a likely candidate for a movie makeover. It’s not really a conventional biopic of Frankie Valli and the Four Seaons; it’s more like a Behind the Music episode miraculously turned into a spinning, whirling rock-history fantasia. Yet the more I thought about it, the more I realized that what’s magical about Jersey Boys could, with the proper innovative treatment, result in a new kind of movie musical: a docu-pop kaleidoscope that takes the audience on a star-spangled nostalgic head trip. The key test for jukebox musicals will, of course, be Mamma Mia!, with its flimsy plot and sublime songs. If ABBA can draw significant crowds, I wouldn’t count out the Four Seasons working their way back to you on the big screen.
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